More affordable homes completed in North Tyneside

A new development of affordable homes has been completed in Battle Hill.

By David Sedgwick
Monday, 21st June 2021, 9:00 am
Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE and Coun Steve Cox, Cabinet Member for Housing, at the development in Battle Hill.
Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE and Coun Steve Cox, Cabinet Member for Housing, at the development in Battle Hill.

North Tyneside Council has handed over the keys to the nine two-bedroom homes on the former Bawtry Court sheltered accommodation site, on Broomfield Avenue, and families have already moved in.

The development is part of plans by Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn CBE, to create thousands of affordable homes in the borough.

The Battle Hill scheme features energy efficient homes and rooftop solar panels that will generate clean renewable energy.

The council has also planted new trees in the area to further enhance the development’s green credentials.

Mrs Redfearn said: “We have lots of families in desperate need of a roof over their heads and one of the key priorities for North Tyneside Council is to provide enough good quality homes for local people to rent, at a price they can afford.

“We have already made excellent progress towards our affordable housing target and I am delighted to see work complete on another fantastic development on a plot of land that was going to waste.

“The quality of these homes is outstanding, the finish is fantastic, and they are very inviting.

"I wish our new tenants many years of happiness here.”

Coun Steve Cox, Cabinet Member for Housing, added: “The new homes are built to modern environmental standards which is something that we take very seriously, and we aim to deliver on all of our developments, particularly the solar panels we’ve introduced.

"These will help make the homes affordable to live in and beneficial for the residents, while also helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the borough.

"These homes are greatly needed, and we are delighted to be able to deliver them.”

Other affordable housing projects taking shape in Wallsend include the revival of abandoned flats on Charlotte Street to provide seven family homes.

A further 12 affordable homes are being created on the site of the former Cedars care home on Morwick Road, North Shields.

The development will be made up of eight two-bedroom homes and four three-bedroom homes, including one that will be fully wheelchair accessible.